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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Ian McRae

Ian McRae Ian is a former California big wall climber turned alpinist, with an impressive array of first ascents in the Alaska and Delta Ranges. Ian provides a wonderful and entertaining window into the "Fairbanks climbing scene," carrying on an eccentric and decades old Fairbanks tradition of pioneering "sloggers" who get up routes via low tech approaches and more grit than gear. He reflects not only on numerous memorable climbs, personages, and epics, but also on the philosophical "games climbers play" in the pursuit of their distinctly hazardous adventures. He broaches the topics of synchronicity, intuition, and even spiritual elements of climbing&emdash;often felt, but seldom explicitly expressed by fellow climbers.
Ian McRae appears in the following new Jukebox projects: